(MANCHESTER, Tenn.) – Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, Bon Iver, the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour, Steven Bernstein’s MTO Allstars Plays Sly and Skrillex are among the initial lineup of artists slated to perform at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the four-day camping and music festival that will be held on June 7-10 on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn., 60 miles south of Nashville. Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012, at noon EST at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
More performers will be announced in coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.
The 11th annual Bonnaroo festival continues the tradition of innovation and eclecticism. Other performers, representing a wide range of musical styles, include the Shins, the Avett Brothers, Black Star, Alice Cooper, Feist, Flogging Molly, Childish Gambino, Ben Folds Five, the Roots, Bad Brains, the Civil Wars, St. Vincent, Alabama Shakes, tUnE-yArDs, Punch Brothers, Flying Lotus, Dawes, the Joy Formidable, Das Racist, Grouplove, Gary Clark, Jr., Kurt Vile & The Violators, and Big Freedia.
As the only round-the-clock major U.S. music festival, Bonnaroo offers attendees the amenities and community spirit of a small city, with 24 hours of activities including a comedy theater, cinema festival, broo’ers festival, silent disco, salon, sustainable gardening lessons, arcade, Internet cafés, restaurants, yoga classes and hundreds of high quality food and craft vendors. Rolling Stone magazine called the 2011 event “epic,” saying the weekend was full of “surprise and wonder.”
Festival organizers also announced a new partnership with YouTube, creating Bonnaroo365, a new entertainment channel on YouTube featuring original programming, daily content and legendary live festival performances all created and curated by the Bonnaroo producers, in a sense, creating a parallel digital festival. Bonnaroo365 will be an unprecedented destination for the community to celebrate “Good Stuff,” the literal definition of Bonnaroo. This extension of Bonnaroo represents its transition from being mainly an annual terrestrial event to having a presence in the day-to-day life of like-minded entertainment fans worldwide. Specific programming details and schedules will be released in the coming months.
Bonnaroo’s 2012 lineup playlist can be sampled on Spotify.
2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Confirmed Artists:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Beach Boys Featuring Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David
The Avett Brothers
Foster The People
The Word featuring John Medeski, Robert Randolph and North Mississippi Allstars
Ben Folds Five
Spectrum Road featuring Cindy Blackman Santana, Jack Bruce, John Medeski, and Vernon Reid
City and Colour
The Civil Wars
Young The Giant
Two Door Cinema Club
Fitz & The Tantrums
The Black Lips
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires
The Joy Formidable
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Gary Clark Jr.
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
Trampled by Turtles
The War On Drugs
The Devil Makes Three
Here We Go Magic
The Lonely Forest
Mariachi El Bronx
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
The Soul Rebels
Steven Bernstein’s MTO Allstars Plays Sly